Bent Spoke writes “The U.S. trade agency has banned the import of older Apple iPhone and iPad models due to the violation of a patent held by Samsung (PDF). ‘The president can overturn the import ban on public-policy grounds, though that rarely happens. Apple can keep selling the devices during the 60-day review period. … Apple pledged to appeal the ITC decision. The underlying findings will be reviewed by a U.S. appeals court specializing in patent cases. … The decision could mean fewer choices for AT&T and T-Mobile customers who want to get an iPhone without paying the higher cost of the iPhone 5. Samsung told the commission that Cupertino, California-based Apple could drop the price of the iPhone 5 if it was worried about losing potential customers. All of the iPhones are made in Asia.’ It’s getting so complicated we need a scorecard to keep track of who’s winning these offensive patent battles in the smartphone coliseum.” Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Samsung got a big win in the International Trade Commission today, as the ITC handed down a final ruling finding that several models of AT&T-compatible iPhones and iPads infringe a Samsung patent, and issued an exclusion order preventing them from being imported, sold or distributed in the US. This final ruling comes months after an ALJ determined that Apple did not infringe any of Samsung’s IP, but clearly, the commission felt differently upon its review. This final determination holds that AT&T models of the iPhone 4, 3GS and 3G, plus AT&T iPad 3G and iPad 2 3G models infringe four claims of Samsung’s patent number 7,706,348 for encoding mobile communications. The ITC reversed the ALJ’s ruling in part based upon modified construction of several key terms in the claims at issue, but upheld the prior decision regarding the other three patents Samsung asserted in the action. So, what does this mean for Apple? Not a tremendous amount, truthfully, as the newly banned devices are no longer Cupertino’s standard bearers and account for little of massive profits . Plus, Apple will, no doubt appeal the decision in court. Still, Samsung’s bound to feel pretty good about the victory, and every little bit helps in its quest to remain atop the smartphone heap , right? Filed under: Apple , Samsung Comments Via: Reuters Tech (Twitter) Source: ITC [PDF]
It’s not the first time that Kwikset ‘s dabbled in wireless locks , but today the company’s introducing Kēvo, a smartphone- (and tablet-) friendly lock powered by UniKey. The concept is pretty simple: pair a handset (running a special app) with Kēvo via Bluetooth, and simply touch the deadbolt to lock or unlock your door. A keychain fob is also available for those who have not yet joined the smartphone revolution. Kēvo only responds to touch when an authorized device or fob is detected nearby. A triple tap lets anyone lock your door, which is useful if a visitor leaves after you. The deadbolt is battery-powered using four AA cells that last more than a year with normal operation. It features a ring of RGB LEDs for feedback and a standard physical key for backup. Most of the magic is made possible by tech developed by UniKey. The key (natch) to the entire system is the Kēvo app which lets you manage eKeys. Once logged into the app, you can send and delete eKeys, or transfer them to another device (this also deletes the eKeys associated with a lost handset, for example) — you can even create eKeys that only work once. Currently, the app is only available for iOS, which is a major limitation, but it supports push, email and SMS notifications and keeps a detailed log of which eKeys have accessed Kēvo and when. Pricing and availability remain a mystery, but all in all the system looks pretty clever. Stay tuned for more details, and check out the link below. Filed under: Cellphones , Household , Tablets , Wireless , Software , Mobile , Apple Comments Source: Kwikset
Teotihuacan, an ancient, abandoned city about an hour north of Mexico City, was once one of the largest cities in the world. It collapsed in the centuries ago (thanks either to an internal uprising or foreign invaders, depending on who you ask), but it’s never been completely deserted, since the ruins have always been a magnet for squatters, archeologists, and hordes of tourists. More »
There’s been plenty of murmuring that Apple is working on a retooled fifth-generation iPad that’s sporting the same design language as the iPad Mini and iPhone 5 . The folks over at nowhereelse think that they’ve snagged a picture of the white facia for the latest iteration of the slate — and the site does have prior form in this department . The biggest difference compared to the third and fourth generation devices is the narrower bezel that runs down the sides and those chamfered shiny edges, Word of the Day fans. Filed under: Tablets , Apple Comments Source: Nowhereelse.fr (Translated)
The iPhone and iPad are fantastic gaming devices, but unfortunately a lot of games still try to emulate gamepads with onscreen buttons on the touch screen and it just doesn’t work that well. Thankfully, a jailbreak app called Blutrol lets you turn a handful of different gamepads into controllers for any game with touchscreen buttons. Here’s how to set it up. More »
Apple said it was working on a solution for the Exchange bug in iOS 6.1, and that’s what it delivered: iOS 6.1.2 has appeared for all devices to address the calendar flaw. The release is targeted and doesn’t appear to fix much if anything else, but we’ll keep our ears to the ground for more. For now, check for an update in iTunes or on-device to cure at least some of your iOS gear’s recent battery woes. Filed under: Cellphones , Portable Audio/Video , Tablets , Mobile , Apple Comments Source: Apple